NSERC Discovery Horizons Grant

The NSERC Discovery Horizons program is designed to support investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering.

Application Process

The 2021 pilot competition has a mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline, with invited applicants due to submit their full application in October. Applicants should consult the NSERC website and relevant ORS guidelines for their campus to confirm internal review and submission guidelines. 

In the pilot competition, NSERC is expecting to award approximately 10–20 grants, valued from $50K–$100K per year, and up to 5 years.

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Prepare and review your LOI
 August to October
Prepare and review your application

NSERC will invite applicants to the full application stage by mid-August.

  • Review NSERC's application instructions (to be released in August 2021)
  • Schedule a one-on-one consultation with the SPARC team (limited availability, first-come, first-served)
Submit your application (See ORS procedures)

NSERC must receive the application before 5:00 p.m. Pacific on the deadline date.

See relevant ORS application procedures and internal deadlines for your campus to ensure administrative review and timely submission: Vancouver | Okanagan

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Support & Resources

One-on-One Consultation

Our team can provide comprehensive reviews of your notice of intent as well as your application in advance of the corresponding deadlines. Limited availability.

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Online Resources

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Alexander Unterberger
Manager of Research Development

SPARC support services

Dr. Purang Abolmaesumi
Sciences & Engineering Research Advisor (NSERC), UBC

Advocacy and advice

UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
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Various grant support